The inSupply project IMPACT Team approach has been received with excitement and high expectations in the selected ten counties in Kenya: Nairobi, Kajiado, Nyamira, Migori, Kakamega, Nandi, Kirinyaga, Isiolo, Mombasa and Kwale. In June 2016, leaders were taken through a leadership training to prepare them to support county teamscomprised of representatives drawn from the County Health Management (CHMT) in implementing the IMPACT Team approach to continuous transformation of the local health supply chains. You can read more about the June event in our previous news item here.
During the first three weeks of July 2016, inSupply traveled to each of the counties to implement the second phase of the IMPACT team roll out. They met with the county leaders and teams to share management tools and skills to help transform supply chains using data and analytics. The inSupply team technical advisors conducted a two-day training during which the Teams developed action plans based on agreed county performance indicators that will be monitored every month. inSupply provided management diaries to the team leaders at the end of the training which county leaders will use as a tool for recording action plans and deliverables to ensure adequate follow up and implementation.
The IMPACT team approach is unique as it begins with sustainability in mind. Teams are prepared to independently use existing data and structures to update the county-specific Excel dashboards themselves. The IMPACT teams felt empowered as soon as they started working with the dashboards, the Extended Program for Immunization (EPI) coordinator in Kirinyaga exclaimed, “it is unbelievable to learn that we have all along had data that we could use to make informed decisions, but never used it!”